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  • On Feb 13, 2010
    Gabriella from TX Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Help! We are trying to decide between kidani village and contemporary. Would love to stay at kidani village but it seems the travel time to the parks can be quite long. What would you suggest? What are the pros and cons of each resort? Thanks!!

    Hi Gabriella,

    Both Animal Kingdom Kidani Village and Contemporary are deluxe resort properties offering numerous amenities and spacious rooms. Personally I prefer the Contemporary resort.

    Kidani Village is peaceful and tranquil with amazing views of the animals. The lobby is quaint and there is a delicious table service restaurant, Sanaa, located in the lower lobby overlooking the animals. There is no counter service at Kidani however you are just a short walk away from the main Animal Kingdom Lodge where you will find a counter option. There is a great pool area with a perfect splash play zone for the kids, ok I admit it, I've played there too. The resort is just a few minutes from  the Animal Kingdom park but it is further from the other three parks and a longer travel time.

    Contemporary Resort is much busier and livelier than the peacefulness of Kidani. The monorail runs through the main building, and with one of the most popular character meal locations here (Chef Mickey's), you will find a number of guests coming and going to enjoy a meal. There is also the Wave restaurant on the main level and a quick service counter option next to Chef Mickey's. According to my boys, the Contemporary has the best arcade at Disney World, which by the way the arcade is at the main AKL building, and I personally think one of the best resort gift shops is located here. The pool is the only drawback to this property in my mind. It is rather plain  given some of the other resorts. This resort is all about location. You are just a short monorail ride or even walk from Magic Kingdom. The monorail will also take you to Epcot and Disney buses travel to Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom.

    If you are looking to escape the hustle of the parks and the Disney crowds, Kidani will be the better choice for you, but if you are looking to be in the middle of the action, I would go Contemporary all the way. Hope this helped with your decision.
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Meet the Panelist: Margaret, Illinois

I'm Margaret, a busy wife, mom to 3 sons, & full time paralegal. I've been visiting Disney World for twenty years & still can't wait for my next visit.  I hope that I can help other families experience the magic that our family finds in every trip. Learn More About Margaret

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